Uganda and DRC entered a bilateral agreement to implement strategic infrastructure projects which includes constructing the road from Kasindi to Beni measuring about 80 kilometres, Beni to Butembo measuring 54 kilometres and the Bunagana border to Ruchuru-Goma road which measures 89 kilometres.
This is part of an emergency supplementary fund set aside for the district whose entire infrastructure was ruined last month, when rivers burst their banks, washing away bridges, buildings and schools and displacing families.
The district had budgeted for 602 million Shillings as road fund but only received 415 million Shillings from the central government. But before they could secure the balance, the government informed them that there will be no more road fund releases for the fourth quarter due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The residents say that children in the area have failed to access education services at Kicande and Kinyamurara primary schools, health services at Kicande health centre II, Ikoba Health centre III and Masindi General Hospital.
The contractor has only completed 67 percent of the road works after laying the final layer of the tarmac on the five roads. The company is yet to construct drainage channels leading to most business premises, pedestrian walkways, street lighting and beautification.
The Residents blocked the road with Logs, tree branches and stones paralyzing transport as several vehicles remained stuck on the road for several hours. They say that the road has increasingly become impassable as a result of potholes and tonnes of dust stirred by passing vehicles.
Speaking at a public baraza held at Saza ground as part of this years anti corruption week activities involving Anti Corruption Agencies in Iganga municipality on Tuesday, residents claimed that most of the new roads have potholes and others are halfway done
The residents doubted the expenditures presented by district authorities stating that despite the allocations, major roads in the area were still impassable. They tasked the departmental heads from the education, works, production and health sectors to explain why services are not efficiently rendered to the community.
The company was contracted by Uganda National raods Authorities to upgrade the roads in question to first class murrum at a cost of 900 million shillings.The roads ease connection between the sub counties of Ihunga, Kibatsi,Bwongyera and Nyamunuka town council .
John Bosco Tumusiime, the Mbarara local council five chairpersons says the vandals took off with two heavy batteries from the grader and wheel loader. Each of the missing batteries is valued at 2.5 million Shillings.